The extreme weather event is being heralded as the first big cold snap of winter, with snowfall forecast as far north as Queensland.
New South Wales residents should expect an icy front on Wednesday and Thursday, which could bring snow to the central and northern tablelands.
BoM meteorologist Melody Sturm said, from Tuesday onwards, a cold front crossing through much of NSW would bring rainfall, winds and the chance of snow. “It’s going to be mostly Wednesday and Thursday, the temperature will be low enough for rain to turn into snow above the 900m mark,” she said. Areas lower than 800 metres could expect a combination of rain and snow, she added, while under 500 metres should expect heavy rainfall.
BoM has also warned of the risk of livestock deaths across much of NSW, stretching from the north coast and northern tablelands, to the south coast and western regions.